Tuesday, January 20, 2009

R.I.P. U.S. Constitution

It’s now official. The Constitution, in particular the Bill of Rights, no longer applies to law enforcement officers. How could something like this possibly happen? Here, in the good ol’ U.S. of A.? Land of the “free.” Simple, the Supreme Court made a decision.

That’s right, the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided that evidence obtained as a result of an illegal search or arrest can still be used against a defendant. Of course this ruling applies only when officers make a “mistake.” Like serving an expired warrant in this case, for example. So much for the 4th Amendment.

Believe it or not, I don’t really have much to say about this turn of events. I think it speaks for itself. There is now nothing to stop the police from obtaining evidence illegally. All they have to do is say it was a simple mistake. I have a feeling that police “mistakes” in gathering evidence are about to go up dramatically. The police now have carte blanche when it comes to search and seizure. We can no longer feel “secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects.” For once, our government has given us something to really be afraid of. And it’s not terrorists or weapons of mass destruction. It’s our government. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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